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Nick Bair

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Dimmer Packs & Track Lighting
« on: May 13, 2010, 06:39:54 am »

Our small church is a long way off from the need for actual stage lighting, in terms of both cost and necessity. Our current configuration of recessed and track lighting works fine for the handful of productions we do in the course of a year. However, the wall-mounted dimmer switches are hard to use. I would like to get some DMX dimmer packs and a lighting control panel to solve this.

Are there dimmers available that are meant to work with Romex wiring? If not, is it safe (like, "fire marshal" safe) to terminate Romex wire with an Edison plug to make it work with Edison dimmers?

Of course, I am open to other solutions as well, keeping in mind the desire to minimize cost.
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Arnold B. Krueger

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Re: Dimmer Packs & Track Lighting
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2010, 10:02:47 am »

Nick Bair wrote on Thu, 13 May 2010 11:39

Our small church is a long way off from the need for actual stage lighting, in terms of both cost and necessity. Our current configuration of recessed and track lighting works fine for the handful of productions we do in the course of a year. However, the wall-mounted dimmer switches are hard to use. I would like to get some DMX dimmer packs and a lighting control panel to solve this.

Are there dimmers available that are meant to work with Romex wiring? If not, is it safe (like, "fire marshal" safe) to terminate Romex wire with an Edison plug to make it work with Edison dimmers?

Of course, I am open to other solutions as well, keeping in mind the desire to minimize cost.


I don't think that Romex is ever recommended for interfacing with Edison plugs. Edison plugs that I see are designed to interface with regular stranded power cords and not solid wires and not wires in that Romex kind of sheathing.

You always want to terminate the Romex in a permanently-mounted standard electrical box. You might get licensed electrican approval to connect the Romex to a standard appropriate gauge 3-wire power cord that passes through a standard electrical box cover with a hole in it, using a standard cable clamp in the hole to strain-relieve the power cord.  
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